January 28, 2016

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myWPI Accessibility Series: Providing Semantic Structure to your Documents

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Lindsey Van Gieson

The myWPI platform is accessible to all users by default; however, the individual content items uploaded by faculty and students may not be.  How can the common documents we use day to day be made accessible for users with visual impairments or learning and cognitive disabilities? You’ll be happy to hear that there are just a few […]






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January 11, 2016

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Rearrange Courses in Blackboard’s Home Tab

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Kate

We often see a request for assistance in hiding courses from the Home tab in Blackboard. However, did you know that you can also rearrange the order in which your courses appear? Simply click the little gear icon in the My Courses module to be brought to the Personalize: My Courses page. Then, hover over a course and drag the […]






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January 7, 2016

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Spotlight on Student Engagement: Piazza

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Lindsey Van Gieson

Piazza is a free, easy to use Q&A platform integrated within myWPI. If you’ve been looking for more ways to get your students contributing in class, Piazza might be the tool for you. The Piazza platform encourages all types of learners to ask and answer questions in an online forum environment. Students have the option […]






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December 15, 2015

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Professor Tom Balistrieri using Clickers in Abnormal Psychology

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Jess Baer

Tom Balistrieri was so kind as to answer some questions of mine regarding how he used clickers in his Abnormal Psychology class this past B15 term. He also allowed me to come to his last class and ask his students a little about what they thought of clickers – those results are at the bottom […]






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December 15, 2015

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Custom Ordering Playlists in Ensemble

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Sophie Jagannathan

Ensemble is WPI’s online video platform – like an internal YouTube. WPI community members can request space in the system for creating their own repository of videos which further educational goals. Many instructors are already using Ensemble, from System Dynamics to Fire Protection to Biology. Like YouTube, users can create playlists. Playlists can have neat […]






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December 9, 2015

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Lecture Capture: This Time It’s Personal

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Sophie Jagannathan

There are many reasons to explore contingency planning for your class lectures and anyone who was in Worcester last winter can remember a particularly cold one. But even if you’re not trapped behind a sheet of ice you may still want to find a way to deliver course content to your students remotely. One tool that […]






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October 6, 2015

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Poster Printing! Best Practices to Ensure You Make a Poster that Effectively Communicates Your Ideas

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Kate

This week we have invited Ellen Lincourt, Master of Posters (seriously, this should be an official bullet in her job description!), to contribute to our blog. Ellen is generally the first person you will meet when you come to the main ATC office in Fuller Labs. Not only does she coordinate the poster printing services […]






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August 31, 2015

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Welcome back WPI Faculty!

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Lindsey Van Gieson

Hope everyone’s first week is going smoothly!  Last Wednesday TTL was able to meet with new faculty members at WPI and give them an overview of the services we offer from Technology for Teaching and Learning @ the ATC.   It got me thinking that we should give the same refresher to our returning faculty! Such is the […]






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August 19, 2015

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myWPI New Feature Spotlight for Instructors: Qwickly

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Lindsey Van Gieson

We’ve introduced a new tool to myWPI this summer called Qwickly. Qwickly is a tool that brings commonly used (and often buried) functions of myWPI to a simple to use module on your Home screen. Qwickly has four main features: Course Availability, Post Announcement, Send Email, and Needs Grading.   Before Qwickly, you had to […]






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August 3, 2015

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“Spring” Cleaning: Clean up your myWPI home screen

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Lindsey Van Gieson

It’s far from Spring, but in my 10 years experience in higher ed, there’s often not much time in the Spring for self-improvement.  I’ve found it’s helpful to take the short summer break to clean things up in preparation for the inevitably hectic Fall semester!  It’s important to create good feng shui in the main entry or foyer […]






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